"After many years of research on how the human brain learns to read, I came to an unsettlingly simple conclusion: We humans were never born to read. We learn to do so by an extraordinarily ingenuous ability to rearrange our “original parts” — like language and vision, both of which have genetic programs that unfold in fairly orderly fashion within any nurturant environment. Reading isn’t like that..."
This is the beginning of a comment by Maryanne Wolf, author of "Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain."
Read more here: http://roomfordebate.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/10/14/does-the-brain-like-e-books/?scp=1&sq=reading%20brain&st=cse